How to Make a DIY Water Table for Less Than $50

Most kids love water table. You can see the joy on their faces when they feel the wetness, splash, or squirt water and play with sprinkles and bubbles. It is a sensational fun experience for them. Knowing that, parents can take advantage of water play to teach kids valuable lessons for keeps. One best way to do it is by using a DIY water table.

Water tables with basic features that include a few movable toys normally cost around $50. The cost increases as more features and movable toys are included in the set. With basic DIY skills, you can easily make a customized water table for your little one. The best thing about making your own water table is you can add any feature you want without costing you more.

To make a simple water table, you would need the following:

  • a sturdy platform 
  • an old sink or plastic container/tub
  • toys


  1. First, you need to get the exact measurement of your old sink or plastic container because this will be your basis in making the platform. 
  2. Create the table or platform. You can check this video for a more detailed instruction on how to do it. Also, make sure that the height is just perfect for your little one.
  3. Once you are done with the platform, you can then securely fit the container on top. An advantage of having a removable tub is ease in cleaning after use.
  4. Fill the tub with water, add in some toys and let the fun begin.

For your peace of mind, be sure that the platform is sturdy and can handle the weight of the tub and the water you will be putting. Ensure that it is stable and has a balanced footing. On top of that, add toys that are waterproof and age-appropriate.

  1. Interesting Benefits of DIY Water Table for Kids

  1. Develops fine motor skills 

Playing with a water table gives kids opportunities to hone their fine motor skills. And this is true across different age ranges. As kids squirt, splash, stir and pour water or play with the toys inside the tub, they will be using their small fingers most of the time. That allows them to improve their ability to control the muscles in their finger as well as develop their eye-hand coordination.

  1. Offers learning opportunities

Do you know that water table playtime is a good avenue to teach your kid about letters, numbers and colors? You can add in some colored plastic letters and numbers in the tub. You can then ask your toddler to pick the corresponding letter or number you would say. You could also ask your toddler to group the toys according to colors. It’s going to be a fun game for both of you. 

Letting your kids play on a water table is also a perfect opportunity for them to develop their problem-solving skills and understand basic physics and math concepts. For instance, your kids may wonder why a toy boat would float while the other toys would sink in the water. Or she will ask why the water has a transparent color. This gives you an opportunity to explain the answer. If you have a chance, you can also teach your kid what is full, half, a third or empty. 

Kids are naturally curious and they would like to know why things are what they are and why things happen. An hour of playtime on a water table would surely raise many questions in their young minds. When kids ask, that is a good opportunity to teach.

  1. Supports language development

Just imagine the discussion that you can have with your kid while playing in the water table. First, they will learn new action words such as squirting, splashing, scooping, pouring, draining and sieving. You can also introduce new terms such as flow, drizzle, depth, float, sink, empty and more.

Language development will become natural as you initiate an informal conversation with your little one. To make the experience more exciting and educational, you can introduce fun facts about water like where it comes from and why it has such color. 

  1. Improves emotional growth and social skills

Have you even seen a kid playing with a water table and feeling unhappy? In some exceptional situations, this might be true. But typically, kids are happy when they play with water. It invigorates, relaxes and calms them. 

Moreover, when they play on the water table with other kids, it encourages them to share their toys and cooperate with the other kids. They will even learn to take turns and role-play with their friends.

  1. Promotes wholesome and amazing experience

Setting up a DIY water table in your home promises hours of laughter and pure fun. It is a good form of active play for kids, one that will discourage them from screen time. A water table play time can also be a good bonding experience for you and your little one. 

A water table is a great educational toy for kids. It offers them many benefits for their personal, social, emotional and mental growth. A DIY water table is not that difficult and expensive to make. You can also customize the design depending on what your kid likes. But it may take time for you to make it. If you are a busy person and are willing to spend on toys, there are also water tables that you can buy in many toy stores.